Christopher Csikszentmihályi defines himself as an artist, designer, technologist and dude. He is known for inspiring and developing political technologies that rebalance power between citizens, corporations, and governments. Recently he started the Rootio project in collaboration with UNICEF a sociotechnical platform for community radio that will work to make community radio networked, interactive, and scalable but still inexpensive, while maintaining roots in small, linguistically diverse communities.
Before joining Madeira-ITI Csikszentmihállyi was a professor at colleges, universities, and institutes, including Distinguished Visiting Professor of Art and Design Research at Parsons the New School for Design. He cofounded and directed the MIT Center for Future Civic Media (C4), which was dedicated to developing technologies that strengthen communities. He also founded the MIT Media Lab’s Computing Culture group, which worked to create unique media technologies for cultural and political applications. Trained as an artist, he has worked in the intersection of new technologies, media, and the arts for 16 years, lecturing, showing new media work, and presenting installations on five continents and one subcontinent. He was a 2005 Rockefeller New Media Fellow, and a 2007-2008 fellow at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and has taught at the University of California at San Diego, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and at Turku University.
He also has been represented by the Location One Gallery in New York’s SoHo and Fringe Exhibitions in Los Angeles. He toured museums and nightclubs with his mechanical hip hop device, DJ I, Robot, which was nominated for the Best Artistic Software award at Berlin’s Transmediale, while a previous piece, Natural Language Processor, was commissioned by the KIASMA Museum in Helsinki, Finland. The catalog for his installations Skin and Control is published by Charta and distributed by DAP, and he served on the National Academy of Science’s IT and Creativity panel.
Chris received his BFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1994 and an MFA from the University of California, San Diego in 1998, he also holds a PhD(hc) Cornish College of the Arts.